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Thread: External Bobbin Winder for a Viking

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    External Bobbin Winder for a Viking

    Does an external Bobbin Winder for a Viking even exist? I'm thinking like the Sidewinders. They all say it will wind everything but a Viking. Now that my winder has quit for the second time (I don't think they replaced it like they said they did!) how am I to wind bobbins?

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    Maybe someone will pop in with a less expensive option, but the only one I've found that will wind the green Viking bobbins is this one (which I highly recommend)
    http://fancyquilt.com/product/bobbin-winder/
    Probably less expensive to have it repaired
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    I have never seen this product. Thank you. I did order one because I have so many machines (and frequently use) that take 4 different size bobbins. Not only may this be a life altering experience in the quilt room, it is unfortunately less expensive than having my machine (not) fixed again. Once again I thank you and hope I remember to update this message when I receive the bobbin winder.

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    I recommended this earlier this year and the gal who ordered it had a good experience
    https://www.quiltingboard.com/main-f...r-t298403.html
    I hope you like it too! I had one, but when I got my new handi quilter a stand alone winder came with it so I sold my fancy quilt one to my cousin. I really wish I had kept that one & sold the handi quilter winder.
    Last edited by PaperPrincess; 08-28-2018 at 11:23 AM.
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    Has anyone tried this one?
    I have found it online in many different places for a wide range of prices. (It has been discontinued on Amazon...not sure why...not enough buyers? Don't know).

    Ebay:https://www.ebay.com/p/Automatic-Bob...2303997&chn=ps

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Axis-Automa...-/192458534327

    Wally:https://www.walmart.com/ip/110V-Auto...-Off/746780833

    edit: I did find this review/ discussion: https://sewing.patternreview.com/Sew...s/topic/107692

    I've seen it priced from $29 up to $67...with and without the attachable thread stand.
    Last edited by mindless; 08-28-2018 at 01:50 PM.

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    Look at the price!!! Got to be something less expensive that will work for your machine. Grammahunt, can you call
    Viking customer service and ask them? Then let us know, please!
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    All things considered I love the idea of this winder. Since I have many different machines and use many different size bobbins it may save me a lot of time and exasperation. Expensive, yes. Worth it, maybe. I'll let you know.

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    I'm just reading thru these messages and happy to see Paper Princess hyperlinked my earlier response. I have wound so many bobbins and I am truly glad to own this machine. It is an amazing machine and I have no regrets for this purchase. I still fell so very good about supporting a Mom and Pop operation.

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    Question for those that own this winder - would it work to put a smaller spool on the winder? Sometimes I wind thread from a large spool onto several smaller spools for use with the serger. I've been hooking them to an electric drill to get the job done and would love to use a winder instead.
    My name is Cathy - and I'm addicted to old sewing machines and their attachments.

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    The folks at quiltingboard.com would be the very best source to go to and ask this question. I contacted them a few times before I made my purchase and they are very knowledgeable and extremely helpful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Macybaby View Post
    Question for those that own this winder - would it work to put a smaller spool on the winder? Sometimes I wind thread from a large spool onto several smaller spools for use with the serger. I've been hooking them to an electric drill to get the job done and would love to use a winder instead.
    No, sorry, it's set up for bobbins which are much narrower than a spool.
    I have an attachment for my sewing machine that does this. It takes special spools. It's called E-Z Winder and it works with my Viking.
    I did find this video...
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6goUFTk_i6I
    I would also contact Diane at Fancy Quilt to see if she has a solution.
    Sounds like you already know about this one:
    https://growyourownclothes.com/2014/...thread-spools/
    Last edited by PaperPrincess; 09-01-2018 at 06:55 AM.
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    the reason it doesn't work is because it comes off the bobbin backward compared to others, so I've been told. I've heard that if you turn the Viking bobbin upside down and use the side winder it will work. I haven't tried this since I can sew on my Viking and wind at the same time but I'd try before I'd pay a fortune for a winder.
    Judy

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    I have the pink sidewinder, it does work with the Viking bobbins. You put them on upside down. I was told this only works with the pink one.
    Jean in MI

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    I have a Viking Huskavarna, the Quilt Designer, and Iíve been using The Sidewinder for my Viking bobbins and it works great! Been doing this for years!
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    My bobbin winder arrived and it works great with the cones and with spools. Some spools have a sharp edge which might catch the thread--these I simple file down smooth. I've filled all my bobbins and am ready to go. I would recommend this winder without hesitation. I can set it up, turn it on, and return to sewing without waiting for it due to the automatic shut off. I love not having to un-thread and re-thread my machine.

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    Update: This bobbin winder does not like my old Viking (without the thread hole) and Pfaff bobbins. Time for new bobbins anyway.

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    Yet another update: I was wrong. I was not pushing the bobbin onto the holder. Life is good. I can wind any and all the bobbins I have. There are even two presets so I can wind and sew at the same time. I'm loving it.

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